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Who Can Apply for a Work Permit at a Port of Entry in Canada?

Gaining a work permit on arrival at the Port Of Entry in Canada in some cases may be possible. You will need to confirm that you are eligible to do so. To find out who can apply for a Work Permit at the POE. Read more ...

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Depending on which country you are arriving from, it may be possible to gain a work permit on arrival at a port of entry (POE) in Canada.  Unless you are sure you can apply for a work permit at a POE in Canada, we recommend that you do not travel until you have confirmed that you are eligible to do so or you have successfully applied for a work permit from outside of the country.  On this page, we will outline who can apply for a work permit at a port of entry (POE) in Canada, the requirements which must be met, the questions you may be asked, the supporting documents you will need to provide the border official, and whether you can extend your permit.

Who Can Apply For A Work Permit At A Port Of Entry (POE) In Canada In 2021?

As of 2021, the IRCC immigration rules state that a person may apply for a work permit at a Canadian POE if they are:

·       eligible for an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or to travel without a visitor visa

·       entering Canada directly from the United States while COVID-19 travel restrictions are in place

To verify whether you are visa-exempt and can, therefore, travel to Canada on an eTA, check the IRCC website.  This provides a full list of all countries whose nationals can travel without a visa to enter  Canada. 

What Are The Requirements For A Work Permit At A Port Of Entry (Poe) In Canada?

To apply for a work permit at a POE in Canada, you will need to meet the following requirements:

·       have a job offer (except for those who are eligible for an open work permit)

·       have the qualifications and experience for the job you have been offered

·       have sufficient funds to support yourself, your family member, and dependent children

·       be in good health

·       be of good character

In addition, if you are applying for an employer-specific work permit, it is essential that your employer has completed all of the steps they need to complete, including undertaking a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if required, paying the employer compliance fee, and submitting an offer of employment.

As of 2021, IRCC also advises that due to COVID-19, open work permit applicants also need a valid job offer before arriving and applying at a Canadian POE.

How To Get A Port Of Entry (Poe) Letter For Canada

If you have been approved for a work permit from outside of Canada, IRCC will send you a Port of Entry letter.  You may also see this referred to as a correspondence, introduction, or introductory letter.  It is important to note this is not your work permit, rather it is intended as proof that your application was successful.  A POE letter is typically sent to those who apply online or provide their email address in their work permit application.  IRCC also advises those who do not receive a letter, “Once we start processing your application, you can link your paper application to your online account to get a copy of the letter. If your application is approved, you’ll find the letter in the “Messages about your application” section in your online account”.

What Questions Will I Be Asked When Applying For A Work Permit At A Canadian Port Of Entry?

If you are applying for a work permit at a POE in Canada, the border official will need to ask you a series of question to establish the following:

·       that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires;

·       that you have the qualifications and experience for the job;

·       that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home;

·       you will obey the law and have no record of criminal activity (we may ask you to give us a police clearance certificate);

·       not be a danger to Canada’s security;

·       are in good health and have a medical exam, if needed;

·       you do not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions;

·       you will not work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages; and

·       you will provide any other supporting documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country.

We recommend arriving at the border prepared, with copies of all of the key documents you need in a neatly organised manner.  This will ensure you can reference and provide any information or evidence needed quickly and easily.

What Documents Are Required At A Canadian Port Of Entry For A Work Permit?

If you are planning to make a work visa permit application at a Canadian POE, we recommend having the following documents in your hand baggage:

·       Your valid passport or other travel documents

·       Your POE letter of introduction (where applicable)

·       Evidence of funds to support yourself and your family members

·       Evidence of a return ticket (where applicable)

·       A valid medical certificate (where applicable)

·       Your job offer (where applicable)

·       The offer of employment number your employer received when they submitted the offer of employment through the Employer Portal (if you are LMIA exempt and coming to work for a specific employer)

·       Proof that you do not need an LMIA for the job

·       Proof that you meet the qualifications, experience, and education requirements for the job

·       Proof that you’re travelling for a non-discretionary purpose while COVID-19 travel restrictions are in place

·       Proof that the business that’s hiring you is open while COVID-19 travel restrictions are in place

Once the border official in Canada has checked your documents and confirms that you can enter Canada, they will print your new valid work permit for you.

Reiss Edwards has the resources and expertise to assist with all aspects of Canadian immigration. If you need assistance or advice on how you can apply for a Work Permit at a Port of Entry in Canada or any other immigration matter, feel free to contact our Immigration Solicitor for help.

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